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TrieditMetro VancouverSince April 4, 201037 Reviews
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3 (2.8)
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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nice View, Great Patio
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I have had lunch (3x) and dinner once here. The lunches were all very good, delicious seafood appetizers had us dining on a series of just appetizers the first two times. The third time we had burgers and they were just the way I like them, juicy, fresh toppings with decent fries. Recently we dropped by for dinner and almost left after looking at the menu, we were out for a casual meal, not expensive dining ( the lounge was closed which it seems to be every time I have been there), but the menu was very expensive and none of my favourites were on it.

Turns out you can order from the lunch/lounge menu although we had to be leaving to get that offered. We ended up having burgers because none of the usual delicious appetizers remain on the menu. Once again the burgers were just right so we enjoyed them. The caeser side salad I had was drowning in dressing, tasty but it made it too soggy and all I could taste was dressing.

The lovely patio was full and had a very long wait so we were seated inside which was about 3/4 empty. Service was good. Overall, it was okay but expensive restaurants need to always be on top of the food quality including the salads.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Frequent Visits
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:15am [Dine in]

The food is reliable which one expects with chain restaurants. The service has always been quite good at this location and I enjoy dropping in for lunch from time to time. I enjoy the dry ribs, short rib sandwich, burgers and salads. The Fawlty Tower martini is an occasional treat to enjoy.

I will suggest reviewing the bill carefully as I failed to do so last visit and ended paying what I believe was quite a bit more for what I had. I didn't really even look at it until the credit card bill arrived and wondered how The dry ribs appetizer ($10.75) with add on Caesar salad mini (not on menu but usually charged ($4.00) and one regular Fawlty Tower Martini ($9.00) plus tax and tip ended up being over $41.00. My best guess is I was charged for something I did not have or maybe charged for the full sized salad meal which I did not have. Altogether for an appetizer, mini appetizer salad and one martini that is expensive.

Overall though it is a decent place to eat, just double check your bill when it arrives. I usually do but was careless that day and paid for it.

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Officially Our Favourite Pizza
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

We are so hooked on the pizza we rarely order anything else. The pizzas are thin crust, fresh ingredients and exactly the right amount of topping is placed on them. They have a good wine selection too. The service is good, always friendly and efficient.

My favourite pizza these days is the Diavolo, spicy, juicy and crispy. I ate in today but we often get takeout and that is well done. They serve lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays. Oh, Thursday is 50% off wine.

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Boca1513 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Lunch Takeout Around
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:03pm [Take-out]

The chicken and pork sandwiches are fresh and delicious. Excellent salsa, tasty salads. And really welcoming, friendly service. They go out of their way to accommodate additional requests. If you haven't been do yourself a favour and go pick up some Boca. They also have some add ons like chips, sauces and beverages.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Good lunch Spot
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

I have met friends here for lunch at least 8 times in the past year, most recently a week ago. We have always experienced really friendly, considerate service. The food has been good and has a 'comfort food' feel to it that is especially nice in the colder weather. It is a little expensive for the type of food but not bad. I have eaten several times at the Point Grey and Kits locations which are both good. The Main St one though is easier when meeting friends from other parts of Metro Vancouver as it is in the middle for most of us and there is usually parking for those who drive, plus good transit access.

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Nu Greek1513 West Broadway, Vancouver
Lost Charm
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 6:14am [Take-out]

I have been here 6 times since they opened in the Spring-4 for takeout and 2 for dine-in. I have had the vegetarian souvlaki 3 times and the lamb souvlaki 3 times. The food the first 5 times was very good, the lamb was cooked just right and the tsatziki was thick and garlicky with plenty of fresh, crisp vegetables. The vegetarian souvlaki was delicious. The last three times in the service went from friendly and prompt to slow and impersonal; the second to last visit there was one person ahead of me but no sign of a staff member for almost ten minutes, I was about to leave when she finally came out from the back. It turned out the person in front of me was dropping off a resume and she mini-interviewed him while I waited. The food was still very good though so I shrugged it off. Last week I picked up a lamb souvlaki-similar scenario-no one there when I went in for about 5 minutes and I was about to leave when she finally came out from the back, served the person in front of me. Same impersonal, let's get this over with service. When I got home and bit into the souvlaki it was terrible-the lamb was really overcooked and dried out, there was hardly any tsatziki, certainly not enough to mitigate the horribly dried out lamb. I finally pulled the meat out, added some salad dressing and ate it that way.

One of the things I liked most about Nu Greek Granville/Broadway was the really friendly, prompt service, the tasty food, the reasonable prices, the options to suit different diets. They have removed several things from the menu recently, the staff person changed from the excellent person who ran it when it first opened to someone who seems less than happy to be there (she isn't rude or disrespectful-just doesn't seem to like it much and spends too much time in the back so customers enter a staffless restaurant with no indication that anyone is available-at least get some method of customers letting you know they are there). After this last experience I am not sure if it is worth going back. Which is too bad because S. Granville really lacks decent quick serve food places. It was great while it started, now just 5 months later the early success seems to have been forgotten. It never seems crowded anymore the way it was and that last lamb souvlaki was the worst I have ever tried.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
Surprised But Will Try Again
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:22am [Take-out]

Given the reviews on this site and others I expected something great from here. This was my first time in so I was a newbie as to how the ordering system worked. There are no directions or obvious processes noted so it was a guessing game. I was in a bit of a hurry but had a rare craving for something flaky, buttery with a moderate touch of chocolate. Some one ahead of me was taking quite a bit of time to choose but while waiting I spied a pain au chocolate (maybe the last one?) and decided I would order that. After the person ahead finished and moved down to the other end of the counter I stood waiting for quite awhile for the person helping to return and was just thinking I might have to go without (time pressure) when she returned. She was across the counter from me but ignored me so I asked if I could order now-said what I wanted, she nodded picked it out of the case and disappeared. It took a wild guess that I was to go to the other end of the counter to pay, where I stood waiting for the person there to finish paying (at the point there were three other staff hovering around that end of the counter but not the one who I ordered from). Finally, one person said my name and told me the price to pay, I paid and she handed over my pastry. I ate itmas I walked to my next appointment-and here are my thoughts-needed to be heated-it was a little stale. The amount of chocolate was just right for my tastes which was nice. But overall, I found the whole brief experience less than welcoming and the quality of the pastry did not meet the same product quality as the pain au chocolate from La Baquette. However, as I believe that every place has its off days I may give it one more try; and this time I will know how the ordering/pick up works from having successfully guessed it this time. (BTW, a few little words as to how things work to a customer is welcoming so maybe instead of a nod and a disappearing act-could you just say something in future?)

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Siena1485 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Very enjoyable
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

We have been twice now, once on a quiet night and once on a very busy night (half off bottles of wine that night). The first time was excellent, food was so good and the service was just right. The second time-the service was excellent and the food was very good-but-the server did not ask about allergies and one in our party forgot to mention it. So, when the food was arriving at the table we discovered that the shellfish dishes were prepared on the same surface, shared utensils and shared in the cooking process-so definitely a crossover contamination concern. So, the one meal (which was not seafood) had to go back as it was too risky to eat. Now, when the bill came-we were charged for the meal that went back so decided to take it home for the non-allergy diner (me of course :-))

The one suggestion I have is this: staff be sure to check about allergies, while it is the diners responsibility to remember to inquire about possible cross over, sometimes in lively social situations it gets missed-and when someone is ordering a meat/pasta dish they really truly don't expect it to be prepared on the same surface, same utensils and cooking liquid as shellfish. So, everyone be inquisitive and remember to ask, whether the diner or the staff.

Oh, and we were also offered several tastings of different wines in our hunt for a specific one-which was really a nice touch.

Overall, this is a nice South Granville addition.

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Go Fish1521 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pretty Good, Nice Staff
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

We tried this finally for lunch and it was nice. I had the halibut and chips and my friend had the albacore sandwich. The fish and chips were fine, slightly overcooked but I always found that to be true of the original Go Fish so maybe it is a specific taste thing. My friend said the sandwich was excellent and he would go back and have it again. The service was very good.

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Whole Foods Market2285 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Some Decent Options
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:35pm [Take-out]

I really liked Capers and have not been thrilled with some of the changes Whole Foods have made. They have stopped carrying a lot of items we bought often and started (like any mass produce selling grocery) replacing brands with their 365 items. You have to read those labels to see what you are getting. Don't assume their advertising means the stuff is what you might think. I also have noted how their prices keep creeping up on everything; I find we do a lot more shopping around these days because Whole Foods is getting too expensive. We used to buy a lot of their deli stuff but while for the most part it is still okay, some of the quality is definitely going a little downhill. I think for quick and easy lunches their small2/$5 items are a fair deal. I find their bakery items pretty massive and either too dry or too sweet for the most part but that is individual taste I think. Certainly the constant line ups at the bakery counter suggest lots of people enjoy their sweets.

I do like the staff there though so at least that part still works well.

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Burgoo2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Lunch
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I have previously enjoyed the locations on West 10th and Main Street so pretty much expected a similar experience here. It was really nice. I had the cheese fondue with bread and apple slices. I think their price point is about right for what you get and so far I have always enjoyed the dishes I tried. Highly recommend this as a lunch spot.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Some Good Dishes and Some Disappointing
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I have had both lunch and dinner here now and this is the experience:

Great friendly service and nice laid back atmosphere.

First visit-lunch-I had pizza and my dinign companion had risotto. The pizza was very good and the risotti was excellent (cauliflower)

Second visit- dinner- I had the days feature risotto-disappointing in a big way. Compared to the house cauliflower risotto it was downright blah. My dining companion had the pizza-again very good. We both ordered dessert and both desserts were not good-we would go again for the pizza but skip the dessert. I might consider having the feature cauliflower risotti again but not sure.

So, it is a nice neighbourhood feeling place to enjoy a meal with friends or family but-our dinner of risotto, pizza, two desserts and one coffee and one glass of winr $75 and we only enjoyed the pizza, wine and coffee :-)

I guess we will be back but they need to take the blah out of some dishes.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
Inconsistent but can be good
Submitted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

We have had brunch here many times. Sometimes it has been great both in food quality and service and other times there have been less than positive experiences. This is not gourmet food-it is basic "your local diner" food with usually friendly service. So, for a casual relaxed breakfast or sandwich lunch, it is fine if you are in the area. The last time we were in we were a little disconcerted to note they now expect you to pay the tip percentage on top of the HST. this does not make sense to us and as we pretty much always tip 20% it seems a little unfriendly to ask for 20% on top of the tax. The service and the tax are not related. One is mandatory and the other is based on how the work gets done. You should let the customer make the decision, not set up the bill to try to make one feel guilty if they don't want to pay your tip on top of a tax.

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Temaki Sushi2156 W. Broadway, #2, Vancouver
Enjoyed it
Submitted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

We have tried it twice now and really enjoyed our food. This is good value and the food is fresh and tastes great. We will be back! We try different things each time so I won't get into details but the California rolls went over well with my dining companion and the shrimp tempura was very good.

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Q4 al Centro780 Richards Street, Vancouver
I love Q4 Kits but Al Centro-Very Disappointed
Submitted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I am so surprised at just how bad the experience was. We have enjoyed Q4 Kits for years and have flawless service and excellent food every single time. But Saturday night at Al Centro was a very expensive mess. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation time which turned out to be fine. The teeny little table we were shown to was smack in the middle of a long row of small tables against a long wall. I had to stand sideways and sidle carefully into the seat because the tables were so close together (a larger person would never have made it without taking out the glassware on either side). This is a very expensive restaurants and the least one could expect is reasonable seating, not jammed together like a high school cafeteria.

We ordered the wine, radicchio/boconcini appetizer, wild mushroom ravioli and the pork main. The couple next to us arrived 15 minutes later than us, had their meals and finished eating and we were still waiting for ournappetizer (50 minutes now). The excuse was the kitchen was busy, so how did the people next to us who arrived later get their meals so fast. We believe she forgot to put our order in based on other concerns. When the appetizer finally arrived (and yes we had theatre tickets which we had advised them of twice) it was lukewarm and dried out. That is my favorite appetizer ever and it was so disappointing to pay $13 for 3 very small pieces of boconcini wrapped in tiny bits of radicchio that had apparently been sitting out getting cold and dried out for some time. Then the meals arrived-the pork was perfectly done, so kudos for that. The mushroom ravioli-lukewarm, dried out pasta-at $24 a plate very disappointing. But, because we waited so very long for our orders to arrive there wasn't time to send anything back. Instead of enjoying a nice leisurely meal we had to eat quickly to be able to arrive at the theatre on time. Then when we tried to pay, she said she would be right back with the card machine-sigh. She forgot, in the walk from our table to the station she forgot. I had to find her again and request it again.

Overall it was a lot of money wasted as almost everything went wrong. I would not return to that location because the tables are way too close together and the noise level makes it very hard to enjoy a conversation. And after this experience I am very surprised that a business that has always been so good could be so poor for us on this night. When you charge $34. (the pork) and $24 (the pasta) and $13 (the appetizer) for dishes they deserve to be above average, they are obliged to be excellent-and now add HST and tip to this and we would have been far better off at one of the fast food places in the area.

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Whet Kitchen Bar Patio1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Some Very Good and Some Caution
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 11:08am [Dine in]

I have now tried this place 6 times. I have had one very disappointing dish (the Mahi Mahi sandwich) at $17 is really overpriced and the fish was overcooked and lacked any flavour. To be fair though the only place I have ever had mahi mahi cooked properly was Hawaii, where it is fresh and they just grill it without any fuss-it is a delicious fish but requires quick and simple handling. One of our dining companions tried the fish and chips-mmm-Tonys a few steps away do a much better job of this dish.

I have had the rib sandwich-excellent, this was shared and we both really enjoyed it. We also shared the beet and goat cheese salad, it was very good, so many great tasting fresh ingredients and it was so huge that even though we shared it we could not finish the whole thing. So that meal was a plus.

I have had the tomato and boconcini salad-it was much bigger than you usually get in restaurants here, the ingredients were fresh and very well put together.

We have both had the Whet burger-enjoyed it and I am pretty picky about my burgers. It wasn't the best we ever had but it was good and we have now had it twice. I do suggest though that you go for the (kind of expensive) add ons because the one time I didn't the burger was kind of blah.

I have had the calamari twice now, nothing special but just right when I am not too hungry and the flavour is fine.

So, if you think of Whet in the same genre as say Cactus Club, I would say their prices are similar, menus somewhat different but not radically. I have found the Cactus Club over the past few years to have really gone downhill in the quality of their food and their prices are getting too high.

I have had mixed service experiences at Whet. Some times excellent, mostly okay but inattentive (once your meal hits the table it is hard to get anyones attention if you want something else), and once it was pretty bad. Not busy at all, lots of staff but the 'primary' server was really inattentive, and we had to rely on other staff passing by to get additional things. Once the weather changes and the draw of the patio is gone, Whet will have to step up its game if they want to fill that massive indoor space. It is usually pretty empty, but so dark, it isn't really appealing.
The corn bread was good, which surprised me because it is hard to get good corn bread in Vancouver.

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Au Petit Chavignol845 East Hastings St, Vancouver
Will come again but order something else
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:22am [Dine in]

We travelled further than normal for a cheeseburger after reading a review in the paper that raved about how excellent the cheeseburgers were and we had been wanting to try the restaurant for awhile. The service was great and the room is comfortable. We both ordered cheeseburgers, one with gorgonzola and one with leerdammer cheese, plus at additional cost also added lettuce and tomato. The frites were very good, we enjoyed those. The burgers were disappointing especially after the big rave in the paper. The meat was good and cooked the way we like it (I really dislike overcooked or well done meat) so that was fine. But the buns were all wrong for a burger, the burger was dry-no sauces or anything- no mustard of any kind just lettuce, tomato, cheese (and not enough cheese for our taste) and somehow the flavours just failed to come together. We were both really disappointed. With the two burgers, frites and one glass of wine (the cheapest glass on the menu) the bill was just over $37 before the tip. When we left we said we would come back but order something different. I can't recommend the burgers. Otherwise, it is worth checking out this restauant for the other really good items on the menu.

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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Enjoyed For the Most Part
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2011 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

This little place is a nice addition to the area of 4th and worth trying out. It was very busy this Sunday noon with a steady stream of people arriving. The service was friendly and attentive. I decided to try the omelette with cheese and a fresh squeezed orange juice.

The omelette came with fried potato, green salad and 3 slices of baguette. The cheese in the omelette appeared to be Brie (the menu did not say) a lovely creamy cheese. For my tastes there was perhaps a little too much seasoning added which overwhelmed the mild cheese-as a cheese lover it was not quite balanced enough for me-but other tasters may find it works for them. Nevertheless, it tasted good and was cooked properly. The potatoes were nicely herbed and spiced and it was a relief to have just the right amount served rather than one of those mountains of potatoes some places pile on that one person generally can't eat. The salad was fresh and lightly dressed-just right. At first I thought a little more bread would be needed but it turned out I was completely satisfied with the amount of food. The orange juice was very good too.

Just after I finished eating there was an unfortunate collision between the host and a server and several waters glasses dispersed quite a lot of water-right into my open shopping bag, all over the chair it was on, the wall and the floor. My main concern was that I had several books in there (not mine) but they turned out to be fine. The staff immediately dried off everything in the bag. Then as I was paying my bill they gave me one of their muffins as a little gift. I just tried it-it was excellent-best muffin I have had in a very long time.

So, I will return as I want to try the sandwiches and a few other items on the menu. I do recommend to others to try it out-I think you will enjoy this new little spot in Kits.

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London Pub700 Main Street, Vancouver
Great Staff
Submitted Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 12:52am [Dine in]

The staff and food were good. The noise level though was so loud that we had to yell to hear each other and there was a lot of repeating of every utterance. So, kind of hard to get caught up. But it was a fun, lively atmosphere with an interesting mix of customers.

We had the pizza and. It was good so will go back for it sometime but maybe on a quieter day:)

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Second Try
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

My first time here was very disappointing, the burger was really overcooked and very dry, the cheese was almost invisible and so minuscule I could not taste it. But, several other people have posted reviews in various places saying they loved it-so I gave it another chance in case my first experience was one of those off day things. The service the first and this more recent time was very good, so happy from that perspective. The burger was much improved, I had the burger with Stilton. This time it was cooked the right way, still juicy and lots of cheese.

Now, the fries were also better, but here is my only negative-they are $4.00-yes, you get a massive portion, but if you are eating alone you can only eat about 20% of them which makes them expensive at the extra $4 on top of the burger price. They also charge for any dips for the fries and you only get a teeny, tiny little dot of dip, enough for about three fries-so the extra charge is not reasonable. This time I only had vinegar at no extra charge. I also had 2 glasses of wine. The bill, before tip was $34.00 for one burger/fries and 2 glasses of wine, which made it $40 for one casual meal. So while the service is good and the food was better, I won't be back as I can get better burger/fries plus 2 glasses of wine for about $8.00 less in quite a few other places in the city. So, if you don't mind paying the extra dollars it is okay but for me, I will continue to go to less expensive but still very good burger/fries restaurants in future.

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